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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence opened the first meeting of the Presidential Election Integrity Commission at the White House Wednesday. Trump, who has been pushing for this commission since his November win, emphasized that every time voter fraud occurs, "it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy," and reiterated that this effort is at the heart of Making America Great Again.

  • Trump thanked the 30 states that have already agreed to publicly provide voter data, and warned the others that withholding information suggests they have something to hide.
  • "If any state doesn't want to share this information, one has to wonder: What are they worried about? There's something. There always is."
  • Trump's bottom line: The bipartisan commission "will follow the facts wherever they may lead, and the full truth will be known and exposed, if necessary, in the light of day."

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.